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“Excellent, refined and innovative in a informal environment” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
163 Keefer Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
604-688-0876
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Ranked #60 of 2,846 Restaurants in Vancouver
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Excellent, refined and innovative in a informal environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Food at Bao Bei was excellent, we tried food we didn't recognize and were very pleased with the combination of flavors and ingredients. Let your friendly waiter guide you, they have great suggestions.

Visited August 2013
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A no-nonsense brasserie with a sly sense of humour and simply exquisite freshly cooked food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This restaurant in Chinatown was recommended by our hotel receptionist, and we were very glad to have the chance to sample it. It was very busy when we arrived so we left our name, but after walking round the block a table was ready for us. Obviously most of the clientele were Western tourists; the young waiting staff were attentive and helpful. The food was just delicious, and you can drink good wine as well as Tiger beer. There are amusing touches, such as the 'How to speak Chinese' card that comes with your bill. Remember to allow extra time for queuing – worth the wait!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Hipster haven.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Went to Bao Bei as per a recommendation from a friend who is a local. The vibe is really cool, young hipsters mixing drinks who genuinely seemed like they love their little restaurant in Chinatown. Overall the vibe, atmosphere and service were all good. Now for the food. Mala tendons were very strange, we didn't realize what we were ordering. Considering we were eating legit tendons, it was not bad. But I just cannot recommend this. The Shao Bing lamb sandwich and the Mantou pork buns were excellent, yum. Definitely recommend these 100%. The king snap peas were also pretty good. The prawn dumplings were bad, we didn't eat them and the server took them off the bill without us asking which was very kind. Overall - if you want authentic Chinese, this is not the place. If you want a fun fusion restaurant with cool drinks and an eclectic crowd, it is.

Visited August 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“bland and salty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

At first glance the prices were at the low end but actually the quantity and quality were not there.
Most dishes lacked flavour but over salting food did not hide that shortcoming.
Really the dining scene in Vancouver is taking a nose dive if the majority of diners think this restaurant is good.
Going to an astoundingly expensive restaurant once a year would beat paying for 100 of these mediocre places a year. Even the least experienced home cook could do better.
On a positive note, the staff was great.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“will go back!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Wow! someone send us here(thank you James!) and we were not disappointed. The staff was attentive and give good recommendation. but, if you have to try something, try the shao bing. It's a lamb sandwich with full of taste. Impressive!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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